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THE DOCTOR TURNS COWBOY
My first duty as a cowboy was with a bunch of the boys
assigned to construct a large corral. Cedar posts were cut
down, hauled from the brakes and planted in a deep ditch
we had dug around the outer edge of the corral. I was
raised on a farm, where I had done my bit in both digging
and chopping, but my hands were now soft and this job
produced quite a crop of blisters, the last I have ever
raised by manual labor.
Will Rogers, our humorist cowboy, in a letter to a
friend writes of a recent visit to the Panhandle and says
that 'while at the old corral on the LX Ranch I saw a
flock of oil derricks instead of snubbing posts.' If I had
Instead of putting me through the usual initiation
handed to a tenderfoot, such as putting burrs under my
saddle, sniping me, etc., I was treated royally, doubtless
because of the fact that I had treated some of the boys
for smallpox and did not kill them.
The senior foreman, Charles A. Siringo, then one of the
most expert cowboy riders, ropers, and gunmen in the
Panhandle, taught me the tricks of the trade, and a
friendship was then formed that was continued to the day
of his death in 1928.
Every cowboy is supposed to supply his own outfit. I
had practically everything but a riata, and with Siringo
as teacher I 'rolled my own.' We took a large cowhide
that had been stretched and dried, trimmed off legs and
corners until it was circular in shape, and then with a
sharp knife cut it into a long strip one half-inch wide, by
going around its circumference. After it had been cut into
four equal lengths, this strip of rawhide was fastened to a
convenient tree or post. The hair was scraped off with
a knife and then the strips were rubbed very thoroughly
with tallow or brains until they were quite soft. Finally
the four strands were braided together in a certain way,
Here’s what’s next.
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/93/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.